Monthly Roundup - March 2015
Here is our look-back at the key whistleblower and fraud developments we have written about over the past month:
FEATURED POSTS AND COMMENTARY
This month’s featured posts and commentary included: First Circuit Joins Growing Number Of Courts Taking More Reasoned View Of What Constitutes Fraud Under The False Claims Act (here); NYAG Report Details How Money Given To Charities Is Allocated (here); Constantine Cannon Opens San Francisco Office With Whistleblower Lawyer Heavyweights (here); New Report Highlights Effectiveness of Private Sector Whistleblower Programs (here); Whistleblower Spotlight — Darfur Whistleblower Aicha Elbasri (here); Food Integrity Campaign’s Petition Against High-Speed Hog Processing (here); SEC Awards Half a Million to Whistleblower under Exception to Dodd-Frank (here)
DOJ CATCH OF THE WEEK
WHISTLEBLOWER NEWS FROM THE INSIDE
Included among this month’s top news stories: StubHub sues Ticketmaster and Golden State Warriors over alleged anticompetitive ticketing practices (here); Kansas City stadium whistleblower fired after exposing food safety concerns (here); Schlumberger subsidiary agrees to plead guilty and pay $233M for violating US sanctions (here); SCOTUS rules that opinions may be basis for securities fraud suits (here); Fireman’s Fund to pay $44M to settle False Claims Act charges (here); Cardiac monitoring company to pay $6.4M to settle False Claims Act allegations (here); Citi, Barclays close to settling forex lawsuit for $800 million (here); UNC to pay Mary Willingham $335,000 to settle whistleblower retaliation suit (here); Grassley blasts FBI for treatment of whistleblowers (here); North Carolina fines Duke Energy a record $25M over coal ash contamination (here); Survey shows increase in proof of whistleblower retaliation (here); DOJ reviewing civil whistleblower cases for criminal probes (here); Senate holding hearing today on FBI whistleblowers (here); Superstorm of fraud reported in denial of Hurricane Sandy claims (here).
DOJ Fraud Settlements
The DOJ settled False Claims Act and other fraud allegations with Robert Bosch, Robinson Health System, Schlumberger, Fireman’s Fund Insurance, Bank of New York Mellon, Adventist Health System, Commerzbank, CommerceWest Bank, McNeil-PPC, and JPMorgan Chase, among others, for a total recovery of more than $1.8 billion. Many of these matters were initiated by whistleblowers under the qui tam provisions of the False Claims Act. Click here.